Julius Caesar acts 1 to 2

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The first triumvirate
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before the play begins
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The second triumvirate
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after Caesar dies
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Who’s who in the first triumvirate?
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Julius Casaer, Crassus, Pompey
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Who’s who in the second triumvirate?
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Octavius Caesar, Mark Antony, M. Lepidus
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Julius Caesar
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dictator of Rome
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Calpurnia
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Caesar’s wife
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Marcus Brutus
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Roman Praetor
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Portia
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Brutus’ wife
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Claudius
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servant to Brutus
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Clitus
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servant to Brutus
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Dardanius
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servant to Brutus
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Lucius
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servant to Brutus
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STrato
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servant to Brutus
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Varro
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servant to Brutus
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Young Cato
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Comrade in Arms with Brutus
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Messala
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servant to Brutus
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Titinius
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servant to Brutus
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Volumnius
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servant to Brutus
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Lucilius
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servant to Brutus
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Marcus Brutus
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Decius Brutus
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Casca
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Cassius
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Metellus Cimber
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Cinna
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Ligarius
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Trebonius
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Conspirators against Caesar
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Pindarius
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sevant of Cassius
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Artemidorus
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teacher of rhetoric and a soothsayer
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Cicero
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Senators
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Popilius Lena
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Senators
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Publius
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Senators
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Tribunes
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Flavius
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Marullus
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Tribunes
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What is the difference in form between the cobbler’s speech and the speeches of Marullus and Flavius? Why?
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The cobbler was being sarcastic and spoke in prose. Marullus and Flavius are being serious and educated and speak in blank verse.
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Speech by Marullus:How do Flavius and Marullus feel about the celebration for Caesar?
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not happy
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Speech by Marullus:Why do they feel this way?
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they are betraying their loyalty by not mourning and worshiping Caesar /Caesar’s victory = Pompeii’s death
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What does Flavius tell Marullus to do?
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take decorations off Caesar’s statue
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What is Flavius’ opinion of Caesar?
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Doesn’t like him. He killed Pompeii. //Caesar thinks way too much of himself and wants to be above everyone else
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What is the soothsayer’s warning to Caesar? What does it mean?
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beware of the ides of March. Something bad will happen
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Explain what Brutus say about himself?
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He’s at war with himself so that’s why he has not been as friendly to Cassius. **internal conflict
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According to Cassius, how do the people of Rome feel about Brutus?
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they like him//they respect him highly
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What does Brutus fear?
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people choosing Caesar to be king
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Cassius seeks to portray Caesar as weak and not worthy of being king. What two examples of weaness does Cassius relate to Brutus?
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1. When they do a swimming race in the water & Caesar creis out for for help. 2. Caesar falls to the grand snakes and looks weak – he is having a seizure
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Interpret these words by Cassius
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“the fault is in the stars but in us” fate does not control us. We control our own lives and create our own fate. fates lies in our hands – we have the power to determine it.
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What concerns do Brutus and Cassius have regarding Caesar’s power?
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the he’ll take over too much power.
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How does Caesar act when he arrives?
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he has an angry look on his face
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Why does Caesar describe Cassius in this way?
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Caesar is suspicious of Cassius and thinks he is dangerous but he is anot afraid because he’s arrogant
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What did the crowd offer Caesar? Did he accept? What can be inferred about Caesar from these actions?
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The crowd offered a crown. He denied it 3 times. He wanted teh crown and was pretending that he didn’t
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What happened to Caesar after he refused the crown?
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he fell down and had a seizure
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What does Casca’s description of Caesar’s behavior suggest about Caesar?
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he’s very easy to manipulate the crowd
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What happened to Flavius and Marullus for taking down the decorations?
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they were put ot death
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Speech by Cassius: What type of speech is this?
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soliloquy
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Speech by Cassius: What does Cassius plan to do?
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he’s going to throw a rock with letters in his windows in different handwriting saying that he needs to act upon what’s happening
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What is the weather like?
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lightning, thunder, violent
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Speech by Casca: What strange events has Casca witnessed?
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a storm that’s droppping fire, an owl was out during the day, a common slaves hand was on fire but it wasn’t burned, men walking on the street on fire, an lion was walking down the street not attacking
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Speech by Casca: What do these events foreshadow?
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bad things will happen, ex. Caesar’s death
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What is Cicero’s interpretation of the events?
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different people can have different views of the happenings . He just thinks it is abnormal
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What does Cassius think of Casca?
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he’s dull
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Whom does Cassius compare to the unnatural night?
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Ceasar is all the power things compare to Caesar
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What does Cassius plan?
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He’s going to kill himself if they give Caesar the crown //suicide.
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What is Casca’s reaction? What does show about the Roman attitude toward suicide?
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He thinks so can I , we all can they think its an honorable way to get out of problems.
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What does Cassius ask Cinna to do? What is the purpose of this?
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Cinna goes to Brutus’ with all the letters
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What does Cassius mean when he says “three parts of him/Is our already”?
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they’re almost convinced Brutus totally to join the conspiracy
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What does the image of alchemy suggest about the conspirators?
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Brutus will make it look like they’re doing something good.
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Why does Cassius need Brutus?
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Because every body loves him and they need him to lead.
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Speech by Brutus:What kind of speech is this?
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soliloquy
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Speech by Brutus: What are Brutus’ concerns about Caesar?
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He’s going to abuse the power when he gets it
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Speech by Brutus: What does the image of the snake suggest?
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It’s very dangerous/ruling by one person is dangerous
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What is Brutus’ motivation for joining the conspiracy?
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for the good of Rome
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What does Brutus say to the conspirators about hiding their faces?
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don’t do it – smile and be friendly as if nothing is up
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Why does Brutus reject Cassius’ suggestion that the conspirators take an oath, swearing their determination?
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as long as their intentions are good, they don’t need to if their motives are weak – just drop it at that moment they’re doing it for Rome
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Cassius suggests that the conspirators ask Cicero to join them. Why does Brutus think that is not a good idea?
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because if Cicero died not make the idea -he won’t go with it
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Why does Cassius think that they should also kill Antony?
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because he might move up in power and cause serious problems
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Speech by Brutus: Why does Brutus think that killing Antony is not a good idea?
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it will look too bloody and unrespectable
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Speech by Brutus: According to Brutus, what should the conspirators’ attitude by regarding killing Caesar?
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not as murderes, but as purifiers (doing a good thing)
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What might keep Caesar from going to the Capital?
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superstitions
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Who will bring Caesar to the Capital? How?
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Decius will bring Caesar to the Capital by flattery and manipulation
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Why is Portia, Brutus’ wife, worried about Brutus?
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because he’s been acting very strange lately
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What is Brutus’ excuse for acting strangely?
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he is sick
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What does Portia want from Brutus?
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to tell her wants bothering him
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What do these two statements by Caius suggest about Brutus?
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He’s well liked and is honorable and trusts Brutus so much that he’s willing to do whatever he has in mind
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Why does Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, tell Caesar that he should not go to the Captial?
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because she had a dream with Caesar being murdered
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When Caesar brushes aside Calpurnia’s concerns, what does she add to try to convince him that there is danger?
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she tells him about all of the other bad things that have been happening
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What atmosphere do these events create?
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chaos, suspense, threatening
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Interpret Caesar’s statement in Scene ii 32-33
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awards are too scared to take risks so they’re not really living and courageous people live their lifes courageously are once because they don’t have the ______.
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What do the Augureres say?
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Caesar shouldn’t go outside b/c they coulnd’t find a heart in the beast that they sacrificed
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What will be Caesar’s excuse for not going to the Capital?
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he’s sick
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Summarize Calpurnia’s dream.
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Caesar’s statue was bathed in blood and Roman’s washing hands in his blood smiling
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What is Decius’ interpretation of the dream?
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They will beg for badges and remember him when he’s dead/ his blood will revive Rome and the smiles were because Caesar is King
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What is another reason that Caesar should go to the Capitol?
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if he doesn’t go then the senate might change their minds
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What does Artemidorus’ letter advise Caesar to do/
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be careful about the conspirators
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Why does the soothsayer want to see Caesar?
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to warn him
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What ist he effect of the many warnings to Caesar in Act II?
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foreshadowing and suspense

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